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Making chicken breasts in the Instant Pot is an easy way to get dinner on the table fast. With our simple recipe, you can easily customize the flavor of your chicken breasts to your family’s tastes.

Seasoned chicken breast on a white plate with tomatoes and lettuce that was cooked in an Instant Pot pressure cooker

Instant Pot Seasoned Chicken Breasts

Learn how to make juicy chicken breasts with this easy Instant Pot recipe.
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Pressure Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Recipe Servings: 4



  • Season the chicken in a mixing bowl with the sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder and Italian Seasoning or the spices of your choice. Be sure to get the chicken breasts evenly coated on all sides.
    Chicken breasts and seasoning in a glass mixing bowl
  • Add 1 cup water to the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Place trivet or steamer basket in the Instant Pot.
    Filtered water and steamer rack in the Instant Pot
  • Add chicken to the trivet or steamer basket, making sure it's up out of the water.
    Seasoned chicken breasts added to the Instant Pot on the trivet
  • Close the lid, and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Set on high pressure for 6 minutes. Allow for a complete natural pressure release before removing the lid, which should take about 7 minutes.
    Instant Pot being set on high for 6 minutes
  • Serve your juicy Instant Pot Chicken breasts with your favorite side dishes.
    A bite of chicken breast on a fork in front of a dinner plate


See Tips Below

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 784mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Instant Pot Chicken Breast Tips

I recommend using boneless chicken breasts. I like to make sure the skin is removed and any excess fat is cut from them. And for consistent flavor and texture, I recommend using fresh or thawed rather than frozen chicken breasts.

Tip #1 Mix it up!!!

My bulk seasoning recipes are amazing. Try using 4 teaspoons of one of my favorite spice mixes instead of the blend in the recipe:

Tip #2 What if my breasts are bigger?

In this recipe, we used 6-ounce chicken breast halves. If you’re using larger chicken breasts, be sure to add a few minutes to the cooking time. If the breasts are super thick, I might consider butterflying them.

Tip #3 Brine the breasts!!!

Brine your breasts for 24 hours by putting them in the refrigerator in a covered bowl with 1/4 cup of sea salt dissolved in water. Before cooking the breasts, rinse them off under cold water then pat dry. This will make them taste amazing in the recipe as it will help tenderize them.

Tip #4 My breasts are very tough.

If brining your breasts doesn’t make them tender enough, you can always get a mallet out and beat your breasts until they’re tender. Sprinkling a small amount of salt over the breast while you’re beating them will help act as a meat tenderizer.

I hope your family enjoys this or any of the versions of my Instant Pot chicken breast recipe and the chicken breast tips serve you well.

One chicken breast that was made in the Instant Pot on a white plate with tomatoes and lettuce

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